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My Alaskan wears an XS front sight and Meprolight rear sight. My Toklat has a Bowen base in the front and a DX tritium blade, and the Meprolights in the rear. All of my defensive pistols (30+ pistols) have tritium sights, the majority of them Meprolights.

Glow paint is a non-solution in my book, because nights are longer than glow lasts, and my holster covers my sights during the day when hiking in bear country, so there’s never truly a time the sights will be glowing when I might need them. I played with the idea of windowed holsters and even a little LED black light to charge in my tent, but the hassle isn’t worth it. Tritium is always on.
I agree, but as pointed out in my initial post and in post #20, XS front sight is not available.

Thanks for posting!
 

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If I were taking my dogs out at night and I knew bears were around I'd have a long gun with me. Not a pistol. Any problems with target acquisition, not to mention sufficient power, could be easily resolved in a myriad of ways. What's that old saying? "Don't take a knife to a gun fight." A properly loaded shotgun or centerfire rifle would be a better choice than a snub nosed 44Mag. I say that as a fan of the Alaskan. It's a dandy hiking/hunting backup sidearm but if there's a realistic chance of a bear encounter a long gun is always a better choice and I assume that since you're at home a long gun of some sort is available. YMMV
 

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As an update to the post above, I applied the Glow-On last week. I first cleaned the front sight with rubbing alcohol several times and allowed it to dry. While the front sight was drying, I vigorously shook the very small vial of Glow-On paint. When the sight area dried, I opened the bottle of Glow-On, it was a very paste-like substance. Since I wanted better control, I applied it using a paperclip. Well, a day later I picked up the Alaskan and tilted it to the side and the Glow-On paint just fell off......the paste-like paint did not adhere to the front sight.

Apparently, Glow-On dries out inside the unopened vial as I read in small print on the label if it dries to a paste, just add a drop of water. So, I followed the same process as above, cleaning, added a drop of water, shook and applied a thin layer of paint. A day later, I added yet another drop of water, shook, and applied another thin layer.

After letting it "dry" for several days, I applied two coats of clear nail polish. Below are various pics I took. Last night I put a flashlight on it for 1 1/2 minutes to "charge it". It stayed well-lit for 16 1/2 minutes, which is sufficient for my needs so I left to go into another room. When I returned it had been glowing for 35 minutes, and there was barely a visible glow.

So, all-in-all I'm still concerned IF the paint will stay on after my first cleaning. I did try and email the vendor prior to buying it but never heard back (yep, even checked my spam filter ;)). My recommendation is if you are to buy it, that you purchase it through Amazon so as you can return it for a refund with Amazon's return window timeframe if you are not satisfied with it.

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Since you have some control over when you will be going out with the dogs (not like hiking for hours with the Alaskan in a holster) you can charge the glow paint before going. In my long ago Salmon fishing days we learned that a cheap camera flash strobe would charge glo lures much better than just having them out in the light for a while before using. Some even made a 'flash box' to charge in (and it could help preserve night vision).
It might be worth checking out.

Bruce
 

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Since you have some control over when you will be going out with the dogs (not like hiking for hours with the Alaskan in a holster) you can charge the glow paint before going. In my long ago Salmon fishing days we learned that a cheap camera flash strobe would charge glo lures much better than just having them out in the light for a while before using. Some even made a 'flash box' to charge in (and it could help preserve night vision).
It might be worth checking out.

Bruce
Every night right before going out, I'm using a flashlight with 1000 lumens to light the Glow-On for 1-2 minutes. So far, the Glow-On is working for my needs. Thanks for the tip!
 

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Bowen claims that if using the Weigand DX base there are a number of sight configurations and heights available. Perhaps he has a tritium sight of the correct height for the .44 mag.
 
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